Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Broiled Zucchini Rings with Jalapeno Havarti Cheese and Garden Tomatoes

broiled zucchini recipe

When I was a little guy, I wasn't a fan of eggplant (I'm still not). So my mom would broil eggplant slices under the broiler and top them with melted cheese to make them look like mini pizzas so I would eat them.

It's a recipe that came to mind while I was trying to devise a plan on how to cook two super-sized zucchinis given to my wife and me from our neighbors who had grown them in their garden. They're about the same size as an eggplant so I thought it would be a good way to cook them.

I like zucchini but it has a way of getting overly watery when cooked. You can salt it beforehand to draw out the moisture but I rarely have the time or forethought do that so broiling it the oven under high heat works good as a "less effort" solution.

Of course, this is the only time of year I get access to a Godzilla zucchini like this. For a regular sized zucchini, I would cut it length wise, hull out the middle with a spoon (to make it look like a boat) and follow the same approach I used with these slices. My bet is they would be equally as good!


broiled zucchini
I started by slicing the super-sized zucchini into 1/4-inch slices.

roasted zucchini recipe
Of course, a zucchini like this one is going to have extra-large seeds and a big spongy middle. Me no like that. So I decided to turn my zucchini slices into rings.

broiled zucchini recipe
Now, I'm sure there is an easier way to do this...but the shot glass did the trick!

roasted zucchini recipe
Before going putting the zucchini rings under the broiler, I prepared the pan by lining it with foil. Then I seasoned it with olive oil, salt and pepper.

broiled zucchini rings
And maneuvered the rings around in the oil to coat both sides.

roasted zucchini recipe
To broil them, I placed the zucchini rings about 6 to 8 inches under the broiler in the oven.

The oil began to smoke at one point but it was nothing worth panicking about. When it happened I removed the pan from the oven for a few seconds and then put it back in. Everything was good and back under control after that.


broiled zucchini recipe
On went the Jalapeno Havarti cheese! Then back under the broiler for 30 seconds of melting action!
I have some great looking tomatoes in my garden right now; perfect for a filling!
Once the tomatoes were stacked in the middle, I added a small pinch of sugar on top to encourage the natural sweetness of the tomatoes to explode! A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of chopped chives (also from the garden) were added to mingle with the other flavors!   


Grilled pork tenderloin and Jasmine rice!
Really tasty and a cinch to make! Who says a weeknight dinner can't have an element of fancy to it?

I still have one more giant zucchini to get through. Now, what should I do with that one?

Any thoughts?
Broiled Zucchini Rings with Jalapeno Havarti and Garden Tomatoes

A mingling of amazing flavors from a combination of fresh vegetables out of the garden! 

roasted zucchini recipe

Recipe Inspiration:  The eggplant pizzas my mom used to make to get me to eat eggplant
Makes: 8 Broiled Zucchini Rings
Time to prepare: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • 8 zucchini slices (from a large zucchini), about 1/4-inch thick
  • olive oil
  • salt and Pepper
  • jalapeno Havarti cheese
  • cherry tomatoes, from the garden (about 2 handfuls), quartered
  • balsamic vinegar
  • sugar
  • chopped chives
Remove the seeds and spongy middle of each zucchini slice (I used a shot glass).

Set the top rack in the oven so it's about 6 to 8 inches away from the broiler. Preheat the broiler.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Drizzle oil on the foil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Place the zucchini rings on the foil and maneuver them around to coat one side. Flip each one and coat the other side.  Give each ring some personal space on the baking sheet and place on the top rack in the oven to broil.

Broil for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through the process (keep an eye on them because once they brown on top they are ready to flip). And if they begin to smoke, simply remove the baking sheet from the oven for a second or two and then place it back in.

Remove baking sheet from oven and top each zucchini ring with desired amount of cheese. Place back in the oven under the broiler to melt the cheese, about 20 seconds.

To serve, place a broiled zucchini ring on a plate. Fill the middle with quartered tomatoes and add a small pinch of sugar on top. Lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with fresh chopped chives.

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! Great change of pace from zucchini boats and zucchini bread!